Story: This game is the first Rockman game to feature an extensive prologue. In it, the origins of Rockman are
revealed. It also includes a nice sequence in which Rockman rides a train (on top, of course) to the site of his battle. Some of the
coolest music in the series accompanies this sequence, until we see the title screen.
The story this time: Gee, now that Dr. Wily has been defeated for real, what's a warrior super-robot to do? Well, not to worry; a year after the destruction of Gamma, a mysterious message arrives from Dr. Cossack, who is slightly upset that his inventions have been overlooked while Dr. Light has been hailed as the greatest robot designer of all time. To rectify this misconception, Dr. Cossack sends eight of his most powerful robots to destroy Rockman (isn't it strange that he should choose that number?)
Rockman heads for the battle again, this time armed with a new version of his plasma buster--the Rock Buster.
Also new to the game is Eddie, Dr. Light's "cybernetic suitcase" who will appear from time to time to throw power-ups to Rockman. It is a rule of thumb that Eddie will give Rockman a weapons energy when he is low on life, a life energy when he is low on weapons, an extra life when he already has 9, and an energy tank when he already has nine.
Here it is again: Rockman has no sense, and so he fights the Robot Masters in the dumbest order possible (actually, it could be worse):
Of course, you--the player--are smarter than Rockman. So you know that the best order to fight the Robot Masters in is this:
So, without further ado, here are the Robot Master strategies.
Weapon: Rain Flush
Strategy: Toad Man is easy to defeat once you find his pattern. Otherwise, he'll be trouble. All you really need to do is keep hitting him. When he leaps, get out of his way. If you keep nailing him with the Mega Buster, he won't get a chance to use his Rain Flush. If you have enough life, let him do it-- it's kind of funny to watch his weird hula dance. Victory will bring you his Rain Flush (which is almost as good as the original) and the Rush Marine Adaptor.
Weapon: Flash Stopper
Strategy: Bright Man is one of the most difficult Robot Masters if you don't use the Rain Flush. Your best bet is to jump his plasma bursts and return fire with the Rain Flush. Beware: if it comes to a choice between getting hit by the plasma bursts and getting hit by Bright Man himself, take the plasma. Getting hit by Bright Man will take off a considerable amount.
Weapon: Pharaoh Shot
Strategy: On Pharaoh Man's level, near the beginning you can find the Balloon Adaptor. Near the beginning, there is a drop that takes you to the next part of the level. If Rockman uses the Rush Coil to leap across the pit, there is more of the stage, and at the end of the screen is a small box with the letter "B" printed on it. Using the Balloon Adaptor will allow Rockman to travel upwards for a short time: basically, it's Item 1 from Rockman 2, but animated better.
With the Flash Stopper, this guy is a snap! As long as you keep hitting him, you'll stay alive. Without the Time Stopper, it isn't too hard to kill him. Use the Mega Buster and hit him while he's charging up and leap his crescent-shaped blasts. Be careful of his leaps and you'll be okay.
Weapon: Ring Boomerang
Strategy: Ring Man's most dangrous aspect is the return of his boomerang. Charge up the Pharaoh Shot to blast away at this guys, and avoid his Ring Boomerang on both its return shot and its initial attack.
Weapon: Dust Crusher
Strategy: The Dust Crusher is unique in that it splits into four pieces after traveling a certain distance. If you can determine what the exact distance is, Rockman can jump into the air and avoid the split pieces of the Dust Crusher. When Dust Man holds out his arms, he'll suck everything in room towards him. In this mode, he he invincible, so don't bother trying to hit him. Victory will bring you the Dust Crusher.
Weapon: Skull Shield
Strategy: Here it is: the obligatory "Robot Master with a shield weapon." While his Skull Shield is up, Skull Man in invincible, unless oyu use the Ring Boomerang to hit him.. Jump his plasma shots while it's down, and hit him with the Dust Crusher to obtain the Skull Shield.
Weapon: Dive Missiles
Strategy: On Dive Man's level, the Wire Adaptor can be found. After the midpoint of the level, right after you have defeated the Whale Mecha, there is a deep pit at the left side of the screen. Leap down it--be careful of the spikes!--and you will land of the Wire Adaptor. If you press up on the control pad and fire while equipped with the Wire Adaptor, a large wire will extend to the ceiling and pull Rockman up with it. It proves quite useful later on.
Dive Man is a real horror to fight against if you don't have the Skull Shield. If you do, leap him when he charges Rockman in his missile configuration. Use the Skull Shield while Rockman is standing right next to him. If you're careful, you can acquire the Dive Missiles.
Weapon: Drill Bombs
Strategy: Geez! What a pain in the rear! Keep jumping to avoid being hit by Drill Man when he tunnels through the ground, and use the Dive Missiles to chase him down. Even with the missiles, you may need to use an tank.
Defeating Drill Man will also bring you the Rush Jet Adaptor, completing Rockman's arsenal.
Second Guardian: Armored Cube
Strategy: The best idea on this maniac is to slide under the moving sections when they speed by. Keep the Skull Shield on, until after you've gotten inside the armored exterior and up onto one of the moving piston-platforms. Switch to Dust Crusher or Drill Bombs to shoot the focus crystal in this guardian.
Third Guardian: Wall Cancer
Strategy: Use the Ring Boomarang or the Drill Bomb to defeat this robot (it's not that difficult) and continue on to Dr. Cossack!
First Guardian: This is nothing more than a gargantuan metool. Avoid its devastating leaps and hit it a few times with the charged Rock Buster or the Ring Boomerang, and this huge Hard Hat Mac is history.
Second Guardian: Slightly harder to defeat than the big metool, this is still nothing to worry about. Avoid the fireballs and bouncing bombs this giant mechanoid throws while hitting the green focus crystal on its forehead with the Ring Boomerang. Just a few shots will send this steel monstrosity back to the junkyard.
First Form: Use the charged Mega Buster or Dust Crusher. Stand right in front of the giant skull machine and hit it in the mouth after it has fired its triad of mega-plasma bursts.
Second Form: Use the Wire Adaptor to hit the green focus crystal on the front of the machine, or fire the Drill Bombs and detonate them just before they hit (otherwise, they'll bounce off).
Third Form: Fill up your Pharaoh Shot weapon energy before you go in.
When you meet Wily, be sure to listen to the incredibly cool music. Hit him with the charged Pharaoh Shot (when he's visible) and be careful--he moves randomly around the room, and is difficult to track.
Overall Ratings (scale of 1-10)
Game Play: 7
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